Brooks Ghost 7 vs. New Balance 890v4 review

Brooks Ghost 7 provides a smooth ride with excellent heel cushioning to neutral runners. New Balance 890v4 is a very light, cushy, and flexible running shoe that can handle a lot of miles.

The Brooks Ghost 7 and the New Balance 890v4 are neutral cushioning running shoes that can be worn by runners who do not need any kind of stability or support.

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The uppers of the New Balance 890v4 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are very similar in that both consist of a minimal amount of overlays and especially traditional stitched-on overlays.

Both have no-sew overlays that lightly wrap the midfoot to provide a secure fit there.

And then at the back of the shoes, they have supportive traditional overlays to provide good support around the heel.

The main difference in the upper is that the New Balance 890v4 has less overlays overall than the Brooks Ghost 7. This keeps the New Balance 890v4 nice and light.

So while both running shoes are not expected to smother or irritate your foot, they do provide enough structure and support in the upper to keep your foot firmly placed on the running platform.

The New Balance 890v4 has a RevLite midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning with an Absorb crash pad under the heel for soft landings.

The Brooks Ghost 7 has a BioMoGo DNA midsole that also provides heel-to-cushioning, with a crash pad under the heel for shock absorption at heel-strike.

The crash pads under the two running shoes are very similar in that they consist of a part that runs on the lateral side of the heel and another one on the medial side of the heel. Both crash pads run till the midfoot.

The main difference between the crash pads is probably that the crash pad of the New Balance 890v4 is less segmented and has larger rubber pods than that of the Brooks Ghost 7. So the Brooks Ghost 7 might provide better shock absorption and dissipation than the New Balance 890v4.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the difference in heel cushioning provided by the two running shoes is minimal. So both running shoes are suitable for heel-strikers.

The biggest difference in cushioning can be found in the forefoot where the New Balance 890v4 is more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 7 for women, and less cushy for men.

So if you are a woman wanting an overall very cushy running shoe, the New Balance 890v4 would give you that. For men, the Brooks Ghost 7 would be the overall more cushy running shoe.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Ghost 7 is similar to that of the New Balance 890v4 in that it provides full ground contact, meaning that both running shoes are stable running shoes despite being running shoes that are not meant to provide stability.

The difference between the outsoles lies mainly in the size of the rubber compartments. The New Balance 890v4 tends to have large rubber pods that are well-separated by deep flex grooves in the forefoot, while the Brooks Ghost 7 has smaller squarish rubber pods in the forefoot with flex grooves.

The New Balance 890v4 is also 0.9 – 1.9 mm thinner in the forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 7 for women and men. This together with the deep flex grooves in the forefoot, makes the New Balance 890v4 a much more flexible running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 7 for both men and women.

The women's version of the New Balance 890v4 weighs about 6.8 oz (193 grams) and the Brooks Ghost 7 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the New Balance 890v4 weighs approximately 8.1 oz (230 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

Both running shoes are relatively light and should feel very soft under your feet. But if you are looking for the ultimate in lightness and flexibility, then the New Balance 890v4 would be the one to go with.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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